Control Arm Bushing Replacement
The lower control arm bushings are serviced with the lower control arm as an assembly.
Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Use a new split pin for assembly.
Install or connect the following:
Lower control arm. Tighten the inner flange bolt (A) to 69 ft. lbs. (93 Nm) and bolt (B) to 90 ft. lbs. (122 Nm) (69 ft. lbs. for 2004 models). Refer to the accompanying illustration for the locations of bolts A and B.
Check the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary.
Special Tools Required:
Ball joint remover, 32 mm 07MAC-SL0A102Ball joint thread protector, 14 mm 071AF-S3VA000
- Raise the front of the vehicle, and support it with safety stands in the proper locations.
- Remove the front wheel.
Remove the flange nut (A) while holding the respective joint pin (B) with a hex wrench (C), then disconnect the stabilizer links from the strut (D).
- Turn the stabilizer bar backward to gain easier access to the front side of the lower arm mounting bolt.
Remove the lock pin from the lower arm ball joint castle nut, and remove the nut.
- Remove the lower ball joint from the knuckle using the special tools.
Remove the flange bolts (A), then remove the lower arm (B).
Install the lower arm in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:
Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot when connecting the lower arm to the knuckle.